Bidding on commercial properties

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Green Care, Sep 18, 2001.

  1. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    First of all I want to welcome myself to the forum. I was addicted before registering. Very informative site. I've been servicing residental properties for awhile. I am new to commerical bidding. I was asked to bid on 9 commerical franchise stores and need help bidding. The bid includes mowing, trimming, snow removal, Trash and debris removal, mulching and a little pruning. Some stores don't require all of the services, but others do. The store are in a two mile radius of shop, so travel is not great. Can someone send me a formula to calculate the total cost of the bid. Thanks in advance.

  2. lawnboy82

    lawnboy82 Banned
    Messages: 957

    That is very specific. Hows about, your hourly rate, your materials cost, misc overhead + your fudge factor? I mean you are not really specific here as to how much work needs to be done, so that is about best I can do here.
  3. Southern Lawns

    Southern Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 259

    First off.........Welcome! Boy is right, need specifics. The best thing you could do is use the search feature and type in "commercial" or "commercial bids" etc. you'll get more information than you want. Good luck.
  4. GreenQuest Lawn

    GreenQuest Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 822

    It shouldn't be any different then residential bidding.

    I get the same money and bid the same for both.

    an hour is an hour wether its comm. or res.
  5. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
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  6. Green Care

    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Green Care LawnSite Senior Member
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  8. lawnboy82

    lawnboy82 Banned
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    lawnzzz, you dont have to thank everyone and anyone. a single post saying thank you works wonders.
  9. kutnkru

    kutnkru LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,662

    The information that you are looking for can be found by using the search features this is true.

    Here are some helpful hints to help you along your quandry:

    Measure the total turf areas to be maintained to calculate your mowing, trimming, and sweeping/blowing times.

    Estimate the amount of time you think will be spent picking up debris while mowing to calculate your trash removal times.

    Measure the total linear footage of ornamental beds to claculate your edging times.

    As far as shearing is concerned not knowing your skill level you can guesstimate your estimated times by figureing 5 minutes per small (under 2') shrubs, 10-15 minutes for medium (3'-5') shrubs, and up 45 minutes for large (6' above)shrubs and hedges. These times include the clean-up as well.

    I dont know the rates for snow/ice control in your areas but you will want to factor in your estimate for plowing, site clearing (hauling the piles away) - sanding/salting vehicular and pedestrian pavements, hand labor for snow blowers, shoveling, dispersing ice melts etc. - figure whether your pricing structure will be contingent upon per push, per fall, and/or both.

    Good Luck!

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